Thursday, October 29, 2015
Burnt Review - 1 Star
Bradley Cooper plays a talented down on his luck chef who finds his mojo in a London restaurant. He throws major tantrums in the kitchen, acting like Steve Jobs when his computer wouldn’t say “Hello.” “Burnt” reminds me of “The Hundred Foot Journey” and of the superior “Chef.” Both films tell a similar story better. However, the food looks beautiful. Sienna Miller shows up as Bradley’s lover and sous chef, and I found it interesting to see Matthew Rhys (the super spy from “The Americans”) almost unrecognizable as a competitor and rival. My favorite food movies beyond “Chef” include “Babette’s Feast” and “Big Night” from which “Burnt” lifts a scene combining forgiveness and breakfast. Watching “Burnt” on the heels of “Steve Jobs” feels like a slog. At least Jobs changed the world. This guy just screams and cooks. Does it deliver what it promises? Comedy romance with food and tantrums. Is it entertaining? Feels derivative. Is it worth the price of admission? Cable bound soon.